Crisci Associates, Jan. 16, 2017 Issue #655
* Wolf’s February Budget Address To Highlight Reimagined State Government

Gov. Wolf said Tuesday in a radio interview he will use his February 7 budget address to unveil his plan to reimagine state government to consolidate agencies and functions and make the cuts needed to address an estimated $2.2 billion deficit.

* Republican Sen. Wagner Opens His Campaign For Governor

York businessman and state Senator Scott Wagner Wednesday announced he is running for the Republican nomination for Governor to oppose Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf who he called a “failed governor.”

* State To Consolidate Investments To Cut Millions In Wall Street Fees

Gov. Tom Wolf and State Treasurer Timothy Reese Thursday announced the transfer and consolidation of three investment funds worth approximately $2.3 billion combined to cut millions in tax dollars sent yearly to private Wall Street managers.

* No Shortage Of Ideas To Deal With State’s Budget Deficit From Left Or Right

We are now 22 days away from Gov. Tom Wolf’s February 7 budget address where he will tell us how he plans to deal with an estimated $2.2 billion structural deficit in the current and next fiscal year.

* Political News & NewsClips

Thanks, But No Thanks: Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) turned down his appointment as Minority Chair of the House State Government Committee.  He was upset over not returning to his previous position as Minority Chair on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

* Session Schedule/Governor's Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* House, Senate Appropriations Committees Set Budget Hearing Schedules

The House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee Friday released their schedule of hearings on Gov. Wolf’s FY 2017-8 budget proposal.

* Senate Committees Hold Hearings On Proposed State Prison Closings Jan. 17, 23

The Senate Judiciary and Republican and Democratic Policy Committees will hold a joint hearing January 23 in Harrisburg on the Wolf administration’s decision to potentially close two state prisons.

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* Health Amends Temporary Regs On Medical Marijuana Growers/Processors, Dispensaries

The Department of Health published notices in the January 14 PA Bulletin containing amendments to the temporary regulations related to Growers/Processors and Dispensaries.

* Attorney General-Elect Shapiro Appoints Executive Deputies, Senior Agent

Attorney General-Elect Josh Shapiro Thursday announced a series of appointments to his leadership team as he prepares to be sworn in as Attorney General next week.

* Attorney General’s Office Reaches Resolution With Law Firm On Porn Email Report

Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer Wednesday announced the Office of Attorney General has reached an agreement with BuckleySandler LLP that resolves the final amount the law firm is owed for work it performed while reviewing emails captured on Office of Attorney General servers.

* State Treasurer Timothy Reese Issues Statement As Term Concludes

State Treasurer Timothy A. Reese Friday issued the following statement as he prepares to leave office on January 17, 2017.

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